Halo Nurses

Halo Nurses

Halo Nurses at Akron General are sponsored by the Akron General Foundation and provide support, education and stress management to patients who are referred by staff. The Halo Foundation, Inc., initiated in 1994, was the founder of the current Halo Nurse program, which is dedicated to aiding patients and their families during medical crises.

Halo Nursing Goals
To offer care that complements traditional medical care by providing patients with the physical, psychological and spiritual tools to deal more effectively with the stress and pain of serious illness.

Services Offered
Our team is comprised primarily of retired nurses whose focus is holistic nursing care, which includes stress management, therapeutic listening, relaxation techniques and guided imagery.

Halo Nurses visit hospitalized patients upon referral. Studies have shown that guided imagery can reduce anxiety, blood loss, post-operative pain and promotes faster healing. Halo Nurses also provide support to family members of patients, upon referral.

Referrals and Fees
Physicians, nurses and other staff members may refer patients to the Halo Nurse Program. This program is free and is supported by donations to the Akron General Foundation.

Patients and their families may request a Halo Nurse from their unit nurses.

Social Work

Social Work

Our Clinical Social Work team is dedicated to providing caring patient and family-focused social work services to meet basic human needs, enable clients to reach their optimal level of psychosocial functioning and enhance our patients' well-being. 

Services can be requested by a physician, any member of the health care team, agencies serving the patient prior to or after admission and directly by the patient and family experiencing the need for social work services. There is no charge for these services.

Clinical Social Work Department
Akron General Medical Center
400 Wabash Avenue (2nd Floor)
Akron, OH 44319
330.344.6880 

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Social Worker On Call
Saturday - Sunday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Department 
Monday - Sunday
8 a.m.  – 11:30 p.m.

Services provided:

  • Assessment and counseling 
    For alcohol and drug abuse
  • Financial assessments 
    To help determine eligibility for community resources, medication assistance programs, and entitlement programs through Department of Human Services
  • Emergency shelter, food and clothing
    To help to meet the most basic human needs
  • Crisis intervention 
    Coordinate services for psychiatric emergencies, traumas, victims of crime and violence
  • Geriatric and family assessments 
    To determine services available for special needs
  • Diagnosis-related counseling 
    For life-threatening illnesses or injuries such as cancer, trauma, stroke, or HIV or chronic illness
  • Counseling for grief and bereavement issues 
    Information and referral to financial resources for burial funds
  • Maternal and infant assessment and counseling services 
    Referral to support, education and prenatal care programs, such as WIC, Healthy Start, and adoption services
  • Assessments for child and elder abuse or neglect
    In addition to counseling and referrals
  • Legal issue assistance
    Information and referral services involving Advance Directives, adoption, guardianships, paternity questions, and other legal or ethical issues
  • Interpreter Services
    Coordination of services for non-English speaking and hearing-impaired clients
  • Psychoeducation and support group services 
    For caregivers, cancer and heart patients and their families
  • Organ donation
    Counseling and crisis intervention
Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

A Chaplain is in the hospital and available 24 hours a day to patients, family and hospital staff, ministering to spiritual and emotional needs.

Patients may request a Chaplain or arrange a visit from their own clergy by asking their nurse, or calling the Spiritual Care Department.

Spiritual Care Department
Akron General Medical Center
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
330.344.6609

If it is an emergency, you can call the hospital operator and ask that the In-House Chaplain be paged.

The Chapel is located off the main lobby. 
Our office is located on the 7th floor off of the Green Elevator.

Chapel Worship Services 
The Chapel is open to all faiths and our services are designed to meet the needs of whoever attends. Our Chapel services are conducted by Chaplains.

Services

Sunday Service
10:30 - 11 a.m.

Wednesday Service
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

The Prayer Partners Program was implemented throughout the Akron General Medical Center in August 1999. Prayer request displays are located throughout the facility. Prayer requests are anonymous with the only information asked for and shared with the volunteers is first name, last initial and the reason for prayer. A volunteer commits to pray for this request every day for five days.

Special Services and Sacraments
The Spiritual Care Department can arrange and/or perform special services and sacraments, such as baptisms and communions. 

Advance Directives

Advance Directives

Advance Directives are legal documents that provide instructions about your healthcare wishes, in case you are unable to speak for yourself.